CBS is no longer in a CSI: NY state of mind. And it’s leaving Vegas.
Sources confirm that the Eye Network has cancelled both shows.
Also put out to pasture: Longtime utility player Rules of Engagement and rookie cop drama Golden Boy.
The decision to ax CSI: NY, which was widely expected, leaves just one CSI show — the still-kicking mothership — on CBS’ air. The fate of freshman drama Vegas, meanwhile, was essentially sealed when CBS demoted it to Friday night.
Rules of Engagement will conclude its miraculous seven-year, 100-episode run on Monday, May 20.
TVLine’s Renewal Scorecard has been updated.
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Television networks are reacting in real time to the news coming out of Boston, adjusting their schedules to accomodate breaking news, special coverage, and sensitive content that might be inappropriate to air given the nation’s mood. Several adjustments have already been made, and given the turbulent situation, many more could still happen.
FRIDAY, APRIL 19
– CBS has moved tonight’s original episode of Vegas from Friday to Saturday to make way for a special CBS News report on the Boston bombings hosted by Scott Pelley from 9pm to 10pm. Vegas will now air tomorrow, Saturday, April 20, at 8pm. This isn’t a good sign for Vegas, as CBS chose to bump it instead of moving scheduled REPEATS of Undercover Boss and Hawaii Five-0, at 8pm and 10pm respectively.
– Today’s Boston Red Sox game versus the Kansas City Royals has been postponed and will be part of a double-header tomorrow.
[UPDATE 2:44pm Pacific]
– ABC will air live news coverage from Boston tonight. World News with Diane Sawyer will be extended to an hour and air from 6:30pm to 7:30pm Eastern. 20/20 will air from 10pm to 11pm Eastern, as previously scheduled. Nightline will air at 12:35am and summarize the day’s events. Currently, it appears that new episodes of Happy Endings and Shark Tank will still air as planned.
SATURDAY, APRIL 20
– The episode of Vegas previously scheduled for Friday, April 19 will air on CBS at 8pm.
MONDAY, APRIL 22
– ABC has decided to swap the order of the next two Castle episodes. The episode originally scheduled to air April 22 involves a bomb-related plot, which the network has wisely decided to postpone it until April 29. The episode originally scheduled for April 29 will now air on April 22.
THURSDAY, APRIL 26
– NBC is pulling the fourth episode of Hannibal entirely, at creator Bryan Fuller’s request, reports Variety. The episode’s story centers on a group of children who are brainwashed—by guest-star Molly Shannon—into killing other children, and because of the Newtown shootings and the bombings in Boston, Fuller felt “the associations that came with the subject matter … would inhibit the enjoyment of the overall episode.” The episode isn’t being rescheduled; it’s being canned entirely. The network is planning to post relevant scenes from the episode that explain character development, accompanied by Fuller’s commentary, online at a future date. Hannibal will jump straight into Episode 5, and the first season will be shorted by a week. The show’s season finale will now air on June 20. Though the entire fourth episode is being pulled, NBC insists there will be no continuity issues due to skipping it. Also, it will still air overseas.
CBS is moving Vegasfarther out in the desert and giving Golden Boy room to shine.
The network Friday announced it would keep the Theo James-led cop drama on Tuesday nights — in the 10/9c slot previously belonging to Vegas — instead of moving it to Fridays at 9 as planned.
That means Vegas will air at 9 on Fridays beginning April 5, after the culmination of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament. Meanwhile, a new episode of Golden Boy will air this Friday at 9 as scheduled.
Golden Boy nabbed 10.5 million total viewers and a 1.8 rating with its premiere, then dipped to 9.3 mil/1.6 in Week 2. Vegas‘ most recent outing, by comparison, drew 9.7 mil/1.5 — so CBS obviously eyes a slight demo advantage with the new kid.
Vegas is betting big on family drama.
The freshman CBS drama has cast The O.C. and Nikita star Melinda Clarke to play the mother of Sarah Jones’ Mia Rizzo, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. Clarke will play Lena, a charismatic, shrewd, strong woman who is attracted to even stronger men. Although Mia’s father (Michael Wiseman) insisted that Lena died when Mia was a baby, she’s alive and well, having been forbidden to see or contact her daughter. Naturally, her arrival at the Savoy will ruffle a few feathers.
Speaking of ruffled feathers, Lena catches the eye — and a whole lot more! — of Vincent Savino (Michael Chiklis) before he learns her true identity.
Besides her starring roles on The O.C. and Nikita, Clarke also had a memorable turn as Lady Heather on CSI. She’s also appeared on such shows as Entourage, The Vampire Diaries and Chuck.
Vegas airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on CBS. An airdate for Clarke’s episode has not been set.
Pitch Perfect and Mindy Project co-star Anna Camp is headed to Vegas.
Camp has been cast in a multi-episode arc on the CBS period drama playing a sexy Hollywood starlet named Violet. The character is described as an aspiring actress who’s the mistress of a film studio mogul. Violet’s in Sin City for a film production that she hopes will be her big break. Dixon (Taylor Handley) agrees to work as her part-time bodyguard and the two become close.
Camp’s own star is rising after appearing in the buzzy fall musical Pitch Perfect. She’s also pulling double duty on broadcast TV since she’s a recurring character on Fox’s Mindy Project this season. Previously, Camp has had arcs on CBS’ The Good Wife and HBO’s True Blood. Vegas returns to original episodes next week.
CBS has tweaked the full-season orders to freshmen Elementary and Vegas as the network is firming up its scheduling needs for the rest of the season. Elementary, the stronger between the two rookies, is getting two extra episodes for a 24-episode season. Elementary just landed the coveted post Super Bowl slot, and one of additional episodes accounts for that. Vegas‘ order has been trimmed from 22 to 21 episodes.
Erstwhile True Blood packmaster Daniel Buran will soon be making sweet music on ABC’s Nashville. The actor has landed a recurring role on the country-tinged freshman drama, per The Hollywood Reporter, playing Cy, a Bon Jovi-like rockstar whose band is looking for a new guitar player. (Ahem, Deacon…) Buran — whose other credits include Criminal Minds and Southland — most recently appeared on Dexter as Wayne Randall, the incarcerated ex of Yvonne Strahovski’s murderous Hannah McKay.
In other weekend casting news…
• Breaking Bad‘s RJ Mitte has been tapped to guest-star on CBS’ rookie drama Vegas. Per The Hollywood Reporter, he’ll portray Nathan’s (Stephen Monroe Taylor) younger brother who has opted to move to Sin City for a life of crime with his sibling.
• Academy Award-winning musician Glen Hansard (Once) will make a cameo in a December installment of Parenthood, EW.com reports. The Swell Season frontman will use the Luncheonette to record some songs.
• Comedians Wayne Brady and Caroline Rhea have both booked guest spots in the upcoming second season of ABC Family’s Baby Daddy, TVGuide.com. Brady will drop by as a talk-show host, while Rhea is set to play the mother of leading man Ben’s pal Riley.
The season of kindness from TV networks continues, as two more new shows have joined the pile of newbies with full-season orders while other struggling freshmen somehow continue to linger (is The Mob Doctor a Highlander or something?). CBS has made the easy decision to keep Elementary and Vegas around through the spring. Both series are three episodes into their debut run, and both have received a back-nine order for a first-season total of 22 episodes.
For you numbers nerds, Elementary and Vegas have each been averaging more than 14 million viewers, according to CBS, and based on a quick survey of first-run audiences, that’s presumably including DVR viewings. Both shows are still struggling in the 18-49 demo, though, with the most recent episode of Elementary grabbing a 2.3 rating and Vegas rolling up a 2.0. Fairly typical CBS numbers, right there.
With casts that include Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, Jonny Lee Miller, and Lucy Liu, there wasn’t much doubt that these two shows would be successful. But what I really like here is that CBS is branching out ever so slightly from its standard “contemporary procedural” format. The network hasn’t given up on the typical “Let’s solve a crime tonight!” formula, but at least they’re doing it with a druggie Brit and a sheriff in 1960s Las Vegas!
CBS previously canceled its new Friday show Made in Jersey and has yet to make a decision on its new comedy Partners. However, if I was a betting man—which I am!—I’d put $20 on Partners not making it to Episode 14. I think it’ll be quietly swept under the rug once its original 13-episode order is complete.
A veteran film and TV actor who’s best known for his role on Ally McBeal will guest star on CBS’ new drama Vegas this fall.
Gil Bellows will play mayoral candidate George Grady in the drama that premieres Sept. 25 and stars Dennis Quaid as a reluctant sheriff and Michael Chiklis as a mobster. Grady is campaigning for mayor against incumbent Ted Bennett (Michael O’Neill), and he’s intrigued with and inspired by Vincent Savino (Chiklis).
Grady is open coaching prior to his first debate with Bennett, courtesy of Savino’s wife (Vinessa Shaw).
Bellows, who has most recently starred on shows like Sanctuary and Criminal Minds, will appear in at least two episodes.